Friday, June 24th, 2011

MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four limited edition shades: Gem of Roses (mid-tone strawberry pink), Lush Amber (light nude beige), Musky Amethyst (deep plum), and One of a Kind (mid-tone rosy neutral).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste (to me).  Their lustre lipsticks are designed to be sheerer in color, so the color payoff of the three lustres in this launch is as expected.  Musky Amethyst, which has a frost finish, seems to be a little sheerer given its frost finish.  Lustres wear two to three hours on me, while frosts tend to be better at four.  In my experience, lustres are a little drying.

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MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Shades like Gem of Roses and Lush Amber will suit warmer skin tones slightly more than cooler skin tones, but these are all on the sheerer side that they're quite workable across the range of skin tones. Musky Amethyst is very much a fall color.











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MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick

MAC Lush Amber Lipstick

MAC Lush Amber Lipstick

MAC Lush Amber Lipstick

MAC Lush Amber Lipstick

MAC Musky Amethyst Lipstick

MAC Musky Amethyst Lipstick

MAC Musky Amethyst Lipstick

MAC Musky Amethyst Lipstick

MAC One of a Kind Lipstick

MAC One of a Kind Lipstick

MAC One of a Kind Lipstick

MAC One of a Kind Lipstick

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Where can I purchase this? How much is it?

The collection will be available in-stores on July 7th, and it will be online approximately July 5th (but possibly delayed because of the July 4th holiday).

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See individual shades - you can also refer to The Swatch Gallery for more comparisons.

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67 thoughts on “MAC Semi-Precious Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Martine

    LOve the Musky Amethyst, probably getting that one.

    • Amanda A

      I agree. What a striking color! I don’t have any purple lipsticks yet but this might be a good one to start with.

    • Joyce

      i totally agree! this one is def. something i don’t have and have been wanting to try! plus this one is too gorgeous to pass up!

    • Ruthless

      For some reason the word “Musky” strikes me as hysterical… isn’t that a smell? Or perhaps “Musk Ox” is what’s making me laugh

  2. Cate

    I absolutely ADORE Gem of Roses! It looks fantastic on you!

  3. t_zwiggy

    LOVE Gem of Roses! One of a Kind looks nice as well. Might be a bit dark for me though.

  4. Emily

    I’m torn with gem of roses???!!! Christine it looks soo dark in the tube… My lips are much more pigmented than yours, Like purple… Will this look much darker on me?

    • If you have naturally redder lips, I imagine it’ll end up just muting your natural lip color a little bit. I don’t think it’ll look darker in terms of the color itself, but your natural lip color will probably dominate.

  5. Leticia Centeno

    What a pitty Musky Amethyst doesn`t cover well… I loved the color, it would be perfect for winter (I`m from Brazil and right now it is winter down here = ]

    <3 Temptalia!

  6. I’m reminded of the Fabulous Felines lipsticks for this colour range.

  7. Miri

    I like them all. My poor wallet. :( This collection is going to put my credit card on fire…

  8. Mariella

    I am SO wanting Gem of Roses and One of a Kind. Christine, do you know if this is considered part of MAC’s autumn colours? Some of these (not just the lippies but other products in the collection) look distinctly “autumnal” to me.

  9. Rebecca

    don’t like them at all =( I hate frost finishes :-S

  10. Edani

    *DEFINITELY* getting Gem of Roses! LOVE that!

  11. Luna

    Your skin has been looking wonderful lately. A new foundation you’ve been testing?

  12. Bree

    lush amber, gem of roses & one of a kind looks promising however since the pigmentation of my lips differ from Christines a store swatch is definetly in order i will however put these babies on a pre order @ my mac counter just in case they work for my skintone. Thanks Christine your dedication to this blog is truly appreciated.

  13. Bobbie C.

    Pretty…but they do not seem special at all. Maybe because I am not a huge fan of lustre finishes….

  14. I am loving Musky Amethyst. Holy gorgeousness. Makes me want autumn already. LOL!

  15. cait

    Gem of Roses and the Amber shade are what I am gunning for <3

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  17. Jilliterate

    Hmmm…I’m “meh” on these lippies, but your eye makeup looks very pretty in these pictures.

  18. Mia

    Thanks a lot for the review and swatches :)

    I like Gem of Roses, but I wonder how close it is to Strawbaby from Fafi. Both are described as strawberry red and I have a weakness for those shades….

  19. Chelsea

    I love the Gem of Roses and One of a Kind Lipsticks! Very lovely.

  20. Leslie

    Gem of Roses is a pretty MLBB shade. Other than that, they’re all pretty meh.

  21. Natsume

    Musky Amethyst kinda reminded me of Dark Deed from the VV collection.

  22. I have one of a kind, and I realy love it! I probably gonna check out gem of roses, so adorable! ^^

  23. Melissa

    Christine…I love your eyecolor. They have an almost ethereal sparkling quality.

  24. Sarah

    just as i suspected, i want gem of roses and musky amethyst :)

  25. Denise

    OMG – with the exception of Lush Amber I want to have them all! Usually I’m not a big fan of sheer Lipsticks, but these are gorgeous (and since I’m starting to work in a bank soon, I could use them for work as well ;-)).

  26. dc

    Not impressed with this collection either. MAC needs more creativity or to let bloggers and regular people help out with their new collections

  27. Alyssa

    I was expecting some really unique, fun colors… these are all so boring.

  28. Musky Amethyst looks lovely, but it also looks like it’s pretty close to “Cunning” from Fabulous Felines. Off to the swatch gallery I go…

  29. Leah

    I think this collection is passable for me, which is a sigh of relief after Surf, Baby. Beautiful colors, just nothing unique enough or undupable to anything in my collection already.

  30. Neha

    Will definitely try Gem of roses!

  31. Carrie Ann

    They’re all pretty, but Gem of Roses and One of a Kind are especially lovely.

  32. Michelle

    Wow! Gem of roses looks so pretty on you Christine!

  33. Leslie

    Christine, would you know if Gem of Roses is at all similar to Covergirl’s Lip Perfection lipstick in Heavenly? I just picked it up yesterday and it seems to be a similar tone and color.

  34. ashley

    I hate lustres. IMO it doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything at all. Musky Amethyst is the winner out of this bunch!

  35. Valerie

    I really love these, and I expected to be ho- hum! Love!

  36. Becca

    gem of roses, musky amethyst an one of a kind are stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111

  37. CatherineM

    I thought about getting Musky Amethyst when you first posted the promo pics, now having seen the swatches I MUST HAVE IT! Too bad the LE’s usually take forever until they’re available in Germany…

  38. karen gonzalez

    i will definitely be picking up gem of roses! and one of a kind!

  39. Andrea

    I love your eye make up! What eyeshadow are you wearing?

  40. Liza

    I love Gem of Roses! They all look great on you!!

  41. Amy

    Hm. All of them except for Musky Amethyst look really similar to me. I’ll probably get Gem of Roses if I test it out and it looks good on me, but the color seems to be really pretty.

  42. LMichelle

    How does ‘One of a kind’ compare to ‘Creme in Your Coffee’ colorwise?

  43. Hey Christine! In your opinion, Gem of Roses do you think it would flatter a more fair/light skinned person? Thanks!

  44. Arianna

    i adore one of a kind *_* and musky amethist has such a pretty unique colour!

  45. Great review, Christine! Just ordered Musky Amethyst and One of a Kind! So excited! :)

  46. artemis

    amethyst looks HOT on you with that icy blue e/s <3

  47. kristen

    i got gem of roses and one of a kind and neither one shows up on my lips and i’m about an nw23. kinda bummed. ah well, back to the cremesheens.

  48. ashley

    I love gem of roses!

  49. Carol

    does anyone know a dupe for “gem of roses” ?

    • paola

      i went to the mac counter the other day and i tried fanfare on my upper lip and gem of roses in my lower lip they lloked kind of the same to me.

  50. Lars

    Hi, everyone! Do you think Gem of Roses looks like Clinique’s Guava Stain? I don’t want to order Gem of Roses if it’s already pretty similar. Thanks for the input!

  51. shame about lush amber it looks like such a pretty colour but really is a bit blah on :-(
    thanx for your honest opinion
    much love

  52. tan

    Is there a dupe for Gem of Roses?? Its all out of stock here!